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House to take immigration bill lead
The Hill -- May 24   
Menendez: Immigration bill doesn't have enough votes to pass Senate
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill doesn't have enough votes to pass the Senate.
    The bill won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote, but Menendez said it lacks the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate --- despite the bill's four Republican co-sponsors.
    "We don't currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate," Menendez said in an interview with Univision. "We need to add more votes on the floor. That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state's two U.S. Senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform, that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote."
    Supporters of the bill are pushing for a strong bipartisan vote of 70 or more to put pressure on the House to take up the legislation.
    In addition to the four GOP co-sponsors, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted for the bill in committee, though he has not committed his support in the floor vote.
Red DotPBS -- May 24
Boehner: House Will Produce Its Own Immigration Legislation
    ...But as Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., laid out the path forward for next month's Senate debate on a comprehensive bill that seems to have wide support, Boehner cautioned that his chamber won't just accept that measure, no matter how bipartisan.

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